Water disasters come in many sizes—from a small appliance leak, to a flood that can damage the structure of your home. All sized water disasters need to be cleaned up as soon as possible. Although the bigger disasters such as flooding or accidents resulting in standing water need professional water disaster restoration in Charleston, there are several tips you can employ at home to clean up smaller water disasters.

  1. Wet/Dry Vacuum- A shop vacuum or wet/dry vacuum is vital for cleaning up water disasters at home. There are many varied sizes and the size you need will depend on how much water is standing. These vacuums are made to suction water. Do not use your regular household vacuum to try to remove water from carpets.
  2. Dehumidifiers- Most homeowners have fans, but what companies that perform water disaster restoration in Charleston know is that it is the dehumidifiers that are vital to drying out the room. Dehumidifiers pull moisture lingering in the air and as it evaporates from the walls, floors, and furniture to stop mold and mildew from growing.
  3. Always Turn off Power- When your home is flooded, the power needs to be completely cut off to the home to avoid electrocution risks. If the water disaster is contained to one room or is only enough to saturate the carpet, you can turn off the breaker to only that room.
  4. Always Wear PPE- Wearing Personal Protective Equipment is especially important when cleaning up water disasters. Gloves, rubber boots, protective eyewear and sometimes even a full body suit are necessary for cleaning up hazardous waste like flood waters or sewage backup.

Water disaster restoration in Charleston can take a day to complete or sometimes weeks depending on the extent of damage. The number one tip any homeowner can take advantage of when dealing with flooding is to call a professional water cleanup company such as ServiceMaster.

ServiceMaster of Charleston is here to help you with all your water cleanup needs. Call us today at 843-806-0982.